Drop in ED Visits for Cardiac Conditions Tied to Later Cardiac Deaths


HealthDay News – Reduced emergency room visits for suspected heart disease during the COVID-19 pandemic peak in England has been linked to a delayed increase in heart mortality. This emerges from an online research letter dated December 20 in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

Michail Katsoulis, Ph.D., of University College London, and colleagues used data from Public Health England’s Emergency Department Syndrome Monitoring System to quantify the change in daily emergency rooms for suspected heart disease before and during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The researchers found that during the COVID-19 pandemic (March 12 to April 15, 2020), a decrease of 2,750 emergency admissions per week for suspected heart disease (~ 35 percent decrease) compared to the average weekly intake before the pandemic 2020. All 100 non-emergency room visits for suspected heart disease were associated with 3.1 to 8.4 excessive heart deaths, corresponding to estimated mortality lag times of zero and 18 days, respectively. During the pandemic, weekly excessive heart mortality from non-presence in emergency rooms ranged from 84 to 232 deaths, an 18 percent increase in weekly non-COVID-19 heart mortality over the past five years. This finding suggests that cardiac death could have been prevented or delayed for every 12 visits to the emergency room with suspected heart disease.

“These results should alert policymakers to the importance of ensuring that measures to control and treat severe coronavirus-2 infection with acute respiratory syndrome do not interfere with the management of acute cardiovascular disease,” the authors write .

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